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The concept of a recreation center in Little Tokyo to help revive the area has been around
for close to four decades. In 1994, after a series of community planning sessions, the
Little Tokyo Service Center (LTSC) was assigned the task to help identify a site for the

After searching for over seventeen years for a suitable site, the City of Los Angeles on
May 17, 2011, granted LTSC with a long-term lease for city owned land located in Little
Tokyo, near Downtown Los Angeles.

Today, LTSC is embarking on a major capital campaign to fulfill a long-term dream for
the community and build a major sports and activities center, called the Budokan of Los

Key Features in the Budokan:

• Environmentally sustainable development
• Rooftop garden with jogging track and outdoor deck which can be utilized for
events, performances, etc.
• (2) high school regulation sized indoor basketball courts
• State of the art scoreboards and displays
• Meeting rooms for community use.
• Commercial kitchen for special events and private functions.



What is a Budokan?

Budokan roughly translates as "martial arts hall" in Japanese. The name is derived from the Nippon Budokan, a large arena in Central Tokyo, Japan. The arena was originally constructed for judo competition during the 1964 Summer Olympics, but today serves as a multi-purpose facility that caters to sports, entertainment and other activities. Currently in the United States, there are numerous budokans which serve as multi-purpose centers for martial arts, team sports such as basketball and volleyball, community activities and other special events.

Budokan of Los Angeles, a Project of Little Tokyo Service Center
231 E Third St, Suite G106
(213) 473-3030